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Knights defeated in golden point battle in Townsville

The nib Newcastle Knights have gone down in heartbreaking fashion, following a golden point 21-20 defeat at the hands of the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night.

The Knights led for the majority of the game before the Cowboys forced golden point with a late try and kicked the decisive point in extra time.

Newcastle will return home to the Knights faithful in Round 3 chasing first points of the campaign.


1st min - The match kicked-off on a warm Saturday afternoon in Townsville.

4th min - Captain Ponga produced a brilliant bit of skill to keep the ball in play following a Cowboys kick for touch.

Ponga plays Superman

18th min - After strong defensive work up the other end, the Knights were on the board first to start the game.

Adam Elliott showed his trademark determination to storm through a hole and slide under the posts.

Elliott scores first

36th min - The forward would have his second of the game just on the stroke of half-time.

Quick play from Jack Hetherington close to the line found Elliott, who ran in to extend the Knights lead.

Elliott has a double

40th min - The Knights would take a 12-0 lead into the change of ends.

From the field: Ponga

41st min - The Cowboys were first to score after the break with Chad Townsend diving in.

44th min - North Queensland were within two when winger Kyle Feldt planted the ball in the corner.

47th min - A big shot from Daniel Saifiti swung the momentum back to the Knights.

Daniel Saifiti forces the error

48th min - After leaking two tries, Newcastle regained ascendancy when Greg Marzhew grabbed his first of the year.

The ball made its way to Jackson Hastings who provided a deft kick for the winger to score in the corner.

Marzhew grabs his first of the season

60th min - The match turned into a grind midway through the second half before Cowboys five-eighth Tom Dearden pounced close to the line.

76th min - With the match headed to a close, the Cowboys would level the scores with Jeremiah Nanai scoring off a kick.

80th min - The scores were locked at 20-all forcing golden point.

81st min - Cowboys halfback Chad Townsend kicked a field goal to win the game for North Queensland.


O'Brien and Ponga respond to golden point defeat


The Knights will return home next Sunday to take on the Melbourne Storm at McDonald Jones Stadium.